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Carpenter’s Union to Help Finish Construction at Tilly Foster

Carpenter’s Union to Help Finish Construction at Tilly Foster

Apparently up against the clock to finish renovations on the Tilly Foster Farm campus, Putnam County lawmakers are leaning toward using union workers to complete work left on the county property. Eliminating the need to put out a request for proposal, which would slow down getting the construction on the historic farm done by a […]

Business Profile: 7 Stars Diner, Brewster

Business Profile: 7 Stars Diner, Brewster

Dean Moundroukas doesn’t just own a diner. He’s involved in every facet of the business, from purchasing the food to cooking in the kitchen. It’s a seven day-a-week job that usually last for more than 12 hours from opening to closing. “What a lot of people consider an impossible amount of work and hours, for […]

Callahan Remembered for Living Life to the Fullest

Callahan Remembered for Living Life to the Fullest

Sean Callahan, a young man that provided great hope to the Mahopac community, succumbed to cancer last weekend, leaving family, friends, and residents remembering the brave teen who lived life enthusiastically until the very end. Sean died peacefully surrounded by family last Saturday, ending a battle with cancer that lasted most of his young life. […]

Campaigns in DA’s Race Filled with Heavy Spending

Campaigns in DA’s Race Filled with Heavy Spending

UPDATED FROM PRINT EDITION Money has been in politics for as long as campaigns have been run in the United States, and in Putnam County the amount of dollars thrown around in this year’s District Attorney’s race is no exception. In a Republican primary battle between incumbent District Attorney Adam Levy and challenger and Putnam […]

New Ownership Assumes Pro Hockey Team in Brewster

New Ownership Assumes Pro Hockey Team in Brewster

For the first time in its history, Putnam County will play host to a professional hockey team, but it won’t be the team originally expected to take the ice. After a press conference in June welcomed the Stateline Whalers, set to play in the Federal Hockey League, that team and ownership has fallen by the […]

Democrats Look to Maintain Dominance on Philipstown Board

Democrats Look to Maintain Dominance on Philipstown Board

Three Philipstown residents, all with different levels of governmental experience, are vying for two town board seats in a contested election this year. Two-term board member and Democrat Nancy Montgomery is looking for another four years, while running mate and Democrat Bob Flaherty, appointed to the board a few months ago, is running his first […]

Business Profile: Yellow Shed Antiques, Mahopac

Business Profile: Yellow Shed Antiques, Mahopac

When Mark Liff was still in college in Brooklyn, he realized buying and selling antiques and other collectibles could result in turning a small profit. It was the mid-1970s and if he ultimately earned a four or $5 dollar profit, it was a good deal. While it seems like only a small sum of money […]

IDA: We Need Money, and We Need it Now

IDA: We Need Money, and We Need it Now

Short on cash, the Industrial Development Agency needs money from Putnam County, and according to IDA chairman Richard Ruchala, it needs it now. After sending a letter to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) informing the IDA would be seeking county money allotted to the EDC for the rest of this year, Ruchala made that request […]

Tilly Foster Farm Gets $1.5 Mil. Bond for Further Repairs

Tilly Foster Farm Gets $1.5 Mil. Bond for Further Repairs

In hopes of turning Tilly Foster Farm into a fully operational farm once again, lawmakers signed off on bonding $1.5 million for building repairs and fixing other parts of the county owned property, during an Aug. 4 meeting of the full Putnam County Legislature. The county Legislature voted 6-2, with legislators Dini LoBue and Kevin […]

Business Profile: The Art of Healing, Patterson

Business Profile: The Art of Healing, Patterson

Most former state police officers don’t go into a field of holistic healing, but most people aren’t like Bill Bubenicek, the owner of The Art of Healing. In fact, he believes his past career and current one match up more seamlessly than how it may appear. “People see it as a huge transition, how do […]

Tendy Tangled in Alleged Interference of Fiancée’s 2009 DWI Case

Tendy Tangled in Alleged Interference of Fiancée’s 2009 DWI Case

Editor’s note: Because the article focuses on the alleged actions of a Putnam DA candidate, who is a public figure, and not his fiancée, who is a private citizen, The Putnam Examiner decided against using her name in this article. Since Bob Tendy has kicked off his campaign for Putnam County District Attorney, the current […]

Tendy Remains on Ballot After Levy’s Court Challenge

Tendy Remains on Ballot After Levy’s Court Challenge

In his past two runs for the Putnam County District Attorney’s office, Republican Adam Levy has been the only name on the ballot and if he had it his way, that would be the case for a third straight time. But the Putnam Supreme Courts ruled Monday Republican challenger Bob Tendy would remain on the […]

Treatment to Save Beach Season at Lake Carmel Underway

Treatment to Save Beach Season at Lake Carmel Underway

Town of Kent residents can expect split treatment of copper sulfate on Lake Carmel starting this week, in hopes of alleviating the problem of blue-green algae blooms that have closed the beaches around the lake for an extended period of time. According to Kent Supervisor Maureen Fleming, Limnology Information and Freshwater Ecology, Inc. (LIFE) will […]

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A former Brewster bus driver was handed down the maximum sentence allowed by law for two counts of felony sex abuse, according to the Putnam County District Attorney’s office. Michael Cunningham, 68, will be jailed for 14 years followed by five years of post-release supervision, after he was arrested in July 2014 stemming from an […]

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

Although the Putnam County District Attorney’s race is the main Republican battle residents have been keeping tabs on this summer, one more GOP primary scrum has popped up in the Town of Patterson as town planner Rich Williams is set to take on farm owner and former councilman Joe Capasso for the supervisor’s office. Williams […]

Business Profile: The YogaScape, Carmel

Business Profile: The YogaScape, Carmel

Yoga can be for anyone, even if they might be a tad out of shape or not the most flexible. That’s the message new owner of The YogaScape in Carmel Heather Reiners wants to convey to the community interested in practicing yoga, the Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. “You can do yoga no matter who […]

Business Profile: Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mahopac

Business Profile: Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mahopac

The only thing that gets most people out of bed in the morning is the sweet aroma of coffee soon to be sipped as another workday approaches. For Jonathan Baratz, owner of Bear Mountain Coffee Roasters, his job is to help others prepare to take on everyday stresses with a quality cup of joe. He’s […]

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

With Indian Point Energy Center within shouting distance, Putnam County lawmakers are considering if they need to call upon federal and state officials to require Indian Point’s owner, Entergy, to implement a wide-ranging emergency notification system. Prompted by a neighboring governing body, the county Legislature discussed at a Health Committee meeting last week if it […]

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Despite applying for a state grant several months ago, money for a feasible study into a countywide police merger are still in question, with Putnam County and local officials seeking other options to fund the study requested by the Town of Carmel. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker said in an interview that a possible plan […]

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Katz Rethinks Term Limit Vow with State Assembly Seat

Six months ago, New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake) vowed during his inauguration inside the Putnam County Historic Courthouse that this current term would be his last. But now with former state Senator Greg Ball’s chief of staff Suzi McDonough announcing her interest in the seat, Katz is reconsidering whether he will officially […]

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

With two different majority leaders in the New York State Assembly and Senate, Democrats openly in dissent of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and several high stake issues to piece together, this year’s legislative session was eventful as it was combative. The legislative session ended last month, in which two Putnam County freshman state senators wrapped up […]

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Bullied most of his life, Lou Cardillo’s son Charlie never had much self-esteem. Diagnosed with Down syndrome and with deformities on his face, including ears that stuck out, Charlie Cardillo’s peers could be relentless at times, even cruel, calling him names like Dumbo. But after reconstructive surgery was performed on Charlie to pin his ears […]

Business Profile: Super Star Signs and More, Mahopac

Business Profile: Super Star Signs and More, Mahopac

Only 20-years-old, newly minted business owner Nick Luposello is proving his natural knack for creativity and self-motivation easily outweighs how old–or how young he might be. While he can’t buy an alcoholic beverage just yet, Luposello’s talent to create eye-catching signs and stickers has proven all he needs as Super Star Signs and More continues […]

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

With hopes of finally pushing the Putnam Valley Library into the 21st century, the library’s Board of Trustees is proposing the library’s budget goes straight to the voters this November, allowing them to make a spending plan determination instead of the town board. Library board members and volunteers are gearing up to start collecting petitions […]

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

By Janine Bowen A Westchester musician is still trying to share his music with the people of Cold Spring after the town forced him to stop playing earlier this spring. Matt Miller, 66, had been playing his guitar in Dockside Park for quite some time before he was found to be in violation of town […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

The Crossroads 312 proposed project was controversial before a zoning change was granted last February, and it appears that strife will continue to linger as a lawsuit has been filed in connection to the rezoning. Four residents filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Southeast, as well as Crossroads 312 LLC, JPH Development […]

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Students and parents involved in the Brewster school district’s music department voiced angst and apprehension over the way district officials plan on replacing a music instructor taking a leave of absence, during a June 9 school board meeting. Several students, current and former, as well as a handful of parents questioned if the district is […]

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

Business Profile: Sclafani Oil and Propane, Mahopac

On roadways all throughout Putnam County, the sight of Sclafani Oil and Propane trucks is a familiar one dating back to when oil prices were dramatically cheaper. Covering a 42-mile radius, Sclafani, owned and operated by Maureen and Jerry Sclafani, offers its services to northern Westchester County, all of Putnam County, and southern Dutchess County, […]

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Danbury’s loss became Brewster’s gain last week when a professional hockey team announced its intention to use Brewster Ice Arena for at least the next five years, giving Putnam County a professional sports team to boast and attract visitors from the region. Owner of the new Brewster-based team Barry Soskin, general manager Herm Sorcher, Brewster […]

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by former Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Adam Stiebeling was dismissed, finally closing a chapter that sent the emergency services community into further turmoil since the start of the New Year when Stiebeling lost his job. Putnam County State Supreme Court Justice Victor Grossman rendered the decision on June 3 […]